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Jay-Z Says Meek Mill's Prison Sentence is 'Unjust and Heavy Handed'

09 November 2017

And now Meek Mill has been sent back to prison for up to four years after a judge ruled on Monday two new arrests meant he had once again failed to live up to the conditions of his release.

Months later in August, Mill was charged with reckless endangerment in New York City, PEOPLE confirmed.

A U.S. judge has sentenced rapper Meek Mill to at least two years in jail for violating probation, a surprisingly harsh verdict that stunned the hip-hop world.

Jay-Z denounced Meek Mill's two-to-four year prison sentence for violating probation as "unjust and heavy-handed" in a message on Facebook Monday night. "We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career".

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"I've been trying to help you since 2009", Brinkley reportedly said, adding, "You basically thumbed your nose at me".

But when you look at all the other facts, like a judge crossing the line of professionalism and traditional conduct, [who] will make the request that Meek Mill re-record a famous Philadelphia pop band, Boyz II Men's song "On Bended Knee", where he concludes with a tribute to her and mentions her by name in the song. He served five months in 2013 and saw his probation extended for another decade after failing to report to his probation officer and getting approval for travel. The rapper was immediately taken into custody with no time to get his affairs in order.

According to Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, the harsh sentencing given by Brinkley is indeed, personal.

The rapper has had his history of violating probation in the past, and he managed to avoid hard prison time. Many carried signs that read "Stop Probation Abuse" and "Free Meek From His Abusive Probation" and pointed to a long standing history of the criminal justice system showing huge inconsistencies in who it convicts.

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Check out how hip-hop reacted to Meek's unfortunate prison sentence in the gallery below. "God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers", Hart wrote.

In the minds of many, Meek's sentence is a reflection of a justice system created to suppress African Americans born into less socioeconomically advantageous communities-namely, the inner city.

"Saddened, angered, and disappointed", tweeted Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg.

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Jay-Z Says Meek Mill's Prison Sentence is 'Unjust and Heavy Handed'